Chapter 6: Trusting God
An excerpt from You Have Chosen to Remember: A Journey of Self-Awareness, Peace of Mind and Joy by James Blanchard Cisneros.
Lily Tomlin once said: “Why is it that when we talk to God we’re said to be praying, but when God talks to us we’re schizophrenic?”
Do you trust God? If you were asked this question, your immediate response would probably be, “Yes, I do trust God.” If you were also asked: Do you ever worry? Your answer would probably be, “Yes, I worry sometimes.” My friend, allow me to say that if you truly trust God, then you would never worry. If you choose to worry in any situation then know that you are not fully trusting in God.
Trust God or worry. These are the two choices that we have in every situation. Trust God and be at peace. Worry and experience stress. Our choices are that simple, and we make our lives as peaceful or stressful as we choose to make them. Trust God and be at peace. This is all that is asked of us. Yet, over and over again, we choose worry over trust, and make our lives a living hell.
Our level of peace is directly related to our level of trust in God. The more we trust God, the more peace we experience. The less we trust God, the less peace we experience. If we choose to completely trust God, then stress will not be a part of our experiences. If we experience any level of stress, it is because we have chosen not to fully trust God.
You might be trying to convince yourself that you can trust God and worry at the same time. Yet, my friend, if you consider the irrationality of that possibility, you may reconsider your thinking. How could you fully trust the Creator of the universe with a specific event in your life and also worry that He is not carrying it out with your best interest in mind? You could say that the Creator does not have your best interest in mind and therefore you are worried, but somewhere deep within, you know that this is not so. How could the father of peace, happiness, kindness and love have anything but your best interest in mind? It is this that you need to remember when you experience worry or stress in any situation.
In her book, “The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life,” Hannah Whitehall Smith writes:
15 And remember, there are two things that are more utterly incompatible than even oil and water, and these two are trust and worry. Would you call it trust if you should give something into the hands of a friend to attend for you and then spend your nights and days in anxious thought and worry as to whether it would be rightly and successfully done? And can you call it trust, when you have given the saving and keeping of your soul into the hands of the Lord, if day after day, and night after night you are spending hours of anxious thought and questionings about the matter? When a believer really trusts anything, he ceases to worry about that thing which he has trusted. And when he worries, it is plain proof that he does not trust.
15. Hannah Whitehall Smith, The Christian’s Secrets of a Happy Life, Copyright 1999 (Baker Book House).
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